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1848, Charles Robinson - Unfit For Publication
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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Wed 13 Sep 1848 1

MAITLAND CIRCUIT COURT.
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    This court was opened on Monday morning, at ten o’clock, before his Honor Mr Justice Dickinson, by her Majesty’s proclamation against vice and immorality being read.

    The barristers present were the Attorney General; W Purefoy, Esq, and J Dowling, Esq, FW Perry, Esq, acted as Clerk of Arraigns, and C Prout, Esq, Deputy Sheriff, attended on behalf of the Sheriff.

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The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 16 Sep 1848 2

MAITLAND CIRCUIT COURT.
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(Before his Honor Mr Justice Dickinson.)
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Wednesday, September 13, 1848.    

UNNATURAL CRIME. 

    Charles Robinson was indicted for having committed an unnatural crime, [on a bitch], at Armidale, on the 6th July, 1848.

    The evidence in this case is unfit for publication.

    The jury returned a verdict of guilty, and sentence of death was recorded against the prisoner.

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The Australian, Thu 21 Sep 1848 3

MAITLAND CIRCUIT COURT.
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The Criminal Sessions commenced at Maitland on Monday the 11th instant, before His Honor Mr Justice Dickinson and a common Jury.
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th.

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WEDNESDAY.—SEPTEMBER 13th.

Charles Robinson was found guilty of having committed an unnatural offence at Armidale and sentence to death was recorded against him.

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Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer, Sat 9 Dec 1848 4

LOCAL INTELLIGENCE.
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    Darby an Aboriginal.—The sentence of death recorded passed on his man by his Honor Mr Justice Dickinson at the last Criminal Court held at Maitland, on the 13th September, when he was convicted of rape under circumstances of peculiar aggravation, has been commuted by the executive to fifteen years labour on the roads or other public works. And a similar sentence passed at the same Circuit Court, on Charles Robinson, for an unnatural crime, has also been commuted to twelve years labour on the roads or public works.


1  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Wed 13 Sep 1848, p. 4.

2  The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, Sat 16 Sep 1848, p. 4.

3  The Australian, Thu 21 Sep 1848, p. 3.

4  Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer, Sat 9 Dec 1848 p. 2. Emphasis added.